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Okay, so here’s the thing about the mer and sirens. I may have written a little more than a few small paragraphs, but I hope you guys don’t mind. Obviously it doesn’t need to go on the document. It’s just a small informative thing to help with the Mer and Siren OCs.
On Mer and Sirens
Merfolk and Sirens are humanoid creatures that dwell in the seas and lakes in the four regions. Although both reside underwater and appear somewhat humanoid, they should not be mistaken for the same thing. The largest population of these aquatic creatures is in Malachite, which houses both mer and siren folk in its abundant lakes and seas. Sirens and mer are not spirits or demons, but physical creatures, like a human.
The mer side with Good, and are generally peaceful, however they are willing to fight against Evil when necessary. They are fearful and mistrustful of sirens, continuing an ongoing feud between the two races, which has lasted for as long as anyone can remember. Mer will attempt to avoid causing trouble with siren, steering clear of them when possible. They live in underwater cities and towns that have developed a rich culture, generally staying in groups.
On the contrary, sirens side with Evil. Sirens will attempt to drown unwary Good sailors and civilians out on a cruise, as a natural instinct as well as contributing to the Evil cause. It is in the sirens nature to trick and kill good sailors. Regarding the mer, sirens are hostile towards merfolk, and occasionally may take a mer hostage, demanding a high ransom, as a way to get fine sea silks, food and currency that sirens would not be able to attain on their own. Extremely aggressive sirens may attempt raids on the mer cities, stealing supplies and possibly killing a few mer while they can. Sirens live in solitude, or at the most with two or three others.
The mer are human from the torso up, with the tail of a fish instead of legs. The tails of a shark, seal, octopus and dolphin can also occur in some genetic lines. Mer and siren folk sport gills on the neck to allow them to breathe underwater. Inhaling water through the mouth, they exhale water though the gills, forcing water out and letting the dissolved oxygen pass through. When above water the gills stop functioning, letting the nose and mouth breath in air. Pureblooded mer don’t gain legs naturally on land, however there are enchantments and charms that can be purchased to allow mer to temporarily walk on two feet. The child of a mer and a human will have both of the genes, allowing them to switch back and forth between tail and legs at will.
Sirens have human legs and a pleasing appearance, further helping them trick their victims into believing the siren is a beautiful human. Sirens also have webbed fingers and toes, along with webbed ears to distinguish them from an innocent human. Although without a tail, sirens can swim underwater faster than a human, their natural magic propelling them in the desired direction. Some choose to create the illusion of a tail when underwater, for purposes of blending in with the mer or not having most sea creatures scurry away in fear immediately. The merfolk however can reach greater speeds, so a mer can escape easily in a chase, leaving the siren left behind. Sirens use their voice to manipulate their victims. Their songs are effectively a form of projection, a type of mental magic that forces images and feelings into someone’s head. Sirens create a feeling of **** in their victim’s mind, enticing them into the seas, or to sail their boat into sharp rocks. This can also be used to issue other commands. Sirens use projection to create an illusion of beauty, specific to the victims idea of attraction. Sirens, like any other creature, must learn to use their magic, but projection is learnt from a young age, as it is essential to the siren’s way of life.
Okay, if you’ve read this far, thank you so much! I’m sorry it’s not very well written. But I really hope this is useful to people. I know things like these shouldn’t be posted constantly and we should focus more on the story itself, but hopefully one post isn’t too bad. 🙂
Thanks! (I kinda needed this as my character is part siren)